The Kop at Meadow Lane. Photo credit: Michael Callander

By Michael Callander

Notts County went down 3-0 at home to Barrow AFC at Meadow Lane on Saturday, in the first meeting between the two sides since 1970. Today’s result sees the Bluebirds soar to the top of the Vanarama National League table with a game in hand.

First-half goals from Dior Angus and John Rooney, plus a late Jack Hindle finish secured the points for the visitors, who have now won 10 of their last 11 league games.

Angus nearly created something for Barrow with a nice chipped cross on five minutes but it just evaded the free-scoring Scott Quigley at the back post.

Notts broke from a Sam Slocombe save and Wes Thomas nearly poked the ball past Dixon but it bounced awkwardly and Barrow were able to clear their lines.

The visitors opened the scoring on eleven minutes as Josh Kay made a driving run down the left and crossed for DIOR ANGUS to finish past Slocombe. Notts County 0 – 1 Barrow AFC.

They doubled their advantage just minutes later as goalscorer Angus stole onto a loose pass from Enzio Boldewijn and crossed for JOHN ROONEY to tap home. Notts County 0 – 2 Barrow AFC.

Play was fragmented and the atmosphere toxic in the first half-hour as Notts gave the ball away cheaply on occasion, with the visitors more than happy to capitalise.

Notts nearly pulled one back on 36 minutes as Boldewijn’s cross bounced just in front of Dixon and made it difficult for the Barrow keeper. Their current longest-serving player fumbled it and the visitors put it behind for a corner which Dixon saved after a shot from Thomas.

Doyle missed a pass from Boldewijn on 41 and Barrow stole onto it but the shot was palmed behind for a corner in front of the Kop. It was played short, Rawlinson headed the cross behind and Notts cleared the second corner.

HALF-TIME: Notts County 0 – 2 Barrow AFC

Notts won successive corners early in the second period but were unable to capitalise, the first fumbled and the second cleared by Dion Angus.

The Magpies nearly reduced the arrears on 53 minutes as neat play released Wes Thomas but his shot bounced agonisingly wide of the left post.

Barrow forced the issue and their pressure created a shooting chance for Kay on the left but his strike fizzed over Slocombe’s bar on the angle.

The visitors broke from a Notts corner and found Angus who could have put Barrow out of sight but his shot was straight at Slocombe. The goalscorer was then replaced by Byron Harrison on 77 minutes.

Barrow finished strongly and cemented their place at the top of the league as the substitutes combined, Dyson squaring from the byline for Jack Hindle to tap in. Notts County 0 – 3 Barrow AFC.

A frustrating day at Meadow Lane sees the Magpies slip to 9th in the National League, while Barrow go top and were excellent value for their victory.

Notts travel south next as they visit Aldershot Town at the Recreation Ground on Saturday 23rd November.

Notts County: Slocombe, McCrory, Rose, Turner, Thomas (Dennis 69′), Doyle (c), Boldewijn (Shields 69′), Rawlinson, Wootton, Booty, Brindley.

Notts unused subs: Tyson, Kelly-Evans, Bakayogo.

Notts bookings: Doyle 39′.

Barrow AFC: Dixon, Brown, Barry, Brough, Platt, Kay, Rooney, White (Dyson 71′), Hardcastle, Angus (Harrison 77′), Quigley (Hindle 83′).

Barrow unused subs: Waddington, Penfold.

Barrow goals: Angus 11′, Rooney 13′, Hindle 85′.

Attendance: 5287 (471)